Affiliated Faculty (BME)

The following faculty are affilliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering as secondary and adjunct faculty members. They are listed below and grouped by their area of expertise and research interests.


Bioimaging and Instrumentation

Michael Abramoff, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, College of Medicine; Massive, large-scale detection and diagnosis of retinal disease glaucoma

John E. Bayouth, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine; Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiotherapy (IGT)

Junfeng Guo, Ph.D.Associate Research Scientist, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine

Eric A. Hoffman, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Cardiac Mechanics; quantitative assessment of cardiopulmonary physiology via dynamic, volumetric CT; emerging therapies for lung disease; Airway Reactivity

Hans Johnson, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Neurological imaging and image analysis

Vincent A. Magnotta , Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Development of novel MR image acquisition schemes and post processing software for the analysis of neuroimages. Neuro-imaging areas of interest include functional, structural and diffusion tensor imaging

John D. Newell, Jr, M.D., FACR, FCCP, FASERProfessor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Cardiovascular and pulmonary radiology

Jun Ni, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Computations for biomedical imaging, biomedical imaging informatics, modeling and simulation of biotransport phenomena

Jessica Sieren, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Division of Physiologic Imaging, College of Medicine; Medical imaging for lung cancer detection and monitoring, three dimensional micro-imaging and pathology, & correlation between pathology and non-invasive imaging

Steven Stasheff, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Ophthalmology, College of Medicine; Fundamental physiologic mechanisms of neurologic diseases affecting the visual system, and on the role that central nervous system plasticity may play in pathogenesis and potential treatments for such disorders

Merryn Tawhai , Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bioengineering Institute, University of Aucklund, New Zealand; Pulmonary Biomechanics and Modelling

Jinhu Xiong , Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine; Functional MRI, image processing, and data analysis

Denice Zingman, M.D.Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine; Cardiac Electrophysiology



Jacob J. Michaelson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine; Understanding psychiatric conditions (specifically autism) through systems biology, genomics, and machine learning



Isabelle Denry, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research; Ceramics for biomedical applications

John C. Keller, M.D.Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College ofMedicine; Cellular and systemic tissue interactions with dental implant materials; synthetic apatites asbone substitute materials, surface characteristics of biomaterials and their effects on tissue reactions, and mechanisms of biomedical implant fixation

Robert D. Tucker, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine; Thermal ablation of prostate cancer via heating ferromagnetic temperature self-regulating seeds by an extracorporeal radiofrequency magnetic field; development and testing of various laparoscopic electrosurgical electrodes

Clark Stanford, D.D.S., Ph.D.Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Dows Institute for Dental Research, College of Dentistry


Brian D. Adams, M.D., Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Biomechanics of the Hand and Wrist, Distal Radius Fractures, Wrist Instability, Bioabsorbable Materials, Tendon Repair

Thakir Almomani, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Hashemite University, Jordan; Meshing topologically complex structures (i.e. vertebral body)

Don Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Biomechanically Based Shoulder Rehabilitation Strategies, Deducing Original Anatomic Sites of Displaced Bone Fragments: 3-D Puzzle Solving, Improved Orthopaedic Management of Peri- and Intra-Articular Fractures from High Energy Trauma, Translational Basic Science and Bioengineering Research in Post-Traumatic OA

Rajan Bhatt, Ph.D., Assistant Research Engineer, Virtual Soldier Research Division, Center for Computer Aided Design

James A. Brown, M.D., FACSAssociate Professor, Department of Urology, College of Medicine

John J. Callaghan, M.D.Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Total Joint Replacements

Charles R. Clark, M.D.Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Adult reconstructive Surgery: cervical spine, hip reconstruction, and knee reconstruction

James de Vocht, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Palmer College; Mechanisms of Chiropractic care and to help bridge the gap with medical research

Nathan Fethke, Ph.D., C.P.E, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health

Jessica Goetz, Ph.D.Research Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine; Computational modeling of hard and soft orthopaedic tissues, musculoskeletal biomechanics, femoral head osteonecrosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and quantitative histological image analysis of bone and cartilage

Ram Gudavalli, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Palmer College; Chiropractic Care

Annelise D. Heiner, Ph.D.Associate Research Engineer, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine; Development of new theories or methodologies.

Patrick W. Hitchon, M.D., Ph.D.Professor and Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine; Biomechanics of the spine. Effects of trauma, tumors, and infection. Testing of implants in the cervical and lumbar and research in artificial discs.

Hyunggun Kim, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Develop three-dimensional ultrasound visualization techniques to evaluate early arterial arteroma in vivo

Tim Marler, Ph.D.Associate Research Scientist, Center for Computer Aided Design, College of Engineering

James A. Martin, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine

Richard McLay, Ph.D.self-employed; Forensic analysis and evaluation

Joel Pickar, Ph.D., Professor, Palmer College; Chiropractic Care

Prem Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Salam Rahmatalla, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering; Biomechanics of human mostion, design and control of structures, multi-body dynamics

Ingo Titze, Ph.D.Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Biomechanics and physiology of the human vocal mechanism.

Ting Xia, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor, Palmer College of Chiropractic


Tissue Engineering and Cellular Analysis

Jose Assouline, Ph.D.Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery, Bioinformatic/Computational Genomics, Nanotechnology

Fiorenza Ianzini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of PathologyCollege of Medicine; Alteration of cell-cycle progression induced by ionizing radiation and anti-cancer drug treatments.  Early and late effects of ionizing radiation on cellular DNA. Application of the Large Scale Digital Cell Analysis System (LSDCAS) to study various cellular and molecular phenomena

Amy Lee, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, College of Medicine; Mechanisms controlling cellular excitability in the nervous and cardiovascular systems

Alan B. Moy, M.D., Pulmonary Associates of Iowa City, Inc.

Aliasger K. Salem , Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy; Development of injectable scaffolds for tissue engineering. Rational design of non-viral genedeliverysystems. Self-assembling systems

David A. Stoltz, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, College of Medicine

Nicholas Zavazava, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine; Immunobiology and Differentiation Potential of ES/iPS cells


Diabetes Related Research

Stephen K. Hunter, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Obstentrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine; Diabetes in pregnancy; Bioartificial Pancreas (BAP); Fetal Therapy; Neovascularization around hollow Fiber Based Bioartificial Organs Using Biologically Active Substances